Val Voboril Declines Her Regionals Invite, Remains a Hugely Underrated Athlete

Val Voboril is one of the most underrated CrossFit athletes out there. The 37 year old training out of Southern California has three top-5 CrossFit Games finishes, including a third place finish in 2013. Voboril’s Games performances from 2012-2014 remain one of the more impressive stretches for any CrossFit athlete, though she failed to qualify in 2015 out of a stacked California Super Regional.

Coming out of the 2016 Open, Voboril was ranked 18th in SoCal, good for yet another invite to Regionals and a shot at making her fourth Games appearance. But for reasons she hasn’t yet disclosed, the mom, teacher, and athlete has declined her spot for the May competition:

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We really hope this isn’t the last we see of Val Voboril as a pro fitness competitor, though with only a few years until her Masters eligibility kicks in, her next trip to Carson could very well be in a different division.

Though with a teaching career and family in addition to her athletic pursuits, we’re pretty sure Voboril will still find ways to keep busy this year. They just won’t be broadcast on ESPN.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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